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Community volunteers removed graffiti, replaced stolen flags, raised funds

COURTESY PHOTO: CORBETT FIRE DISTRICT - Flags were flown in Corbett for the holiday and to lift spirits during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.The community of Corbett has rallied together to undo vandalism damage that occurred in the pre-dawn darkness of Saturday, July 4.

Each year the Corbett Fire District places about 90 flags along the Historic Columbia River Highway to celebrate the Fourth of July. This year, the flags were put up in early spring to bolster community spirits as the world dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

But on the holiday, before most of the community had woken up, vandals tore down about 30 flags and damaged decorations at the Historic Springdale Pub.

Within hours, a group of citizens, armed with "elbow grease," pressure washers and paint arrived to clean up the damage and graffiti. They also collected donations to help counteract the cost of the damage and replace the flags.

So far the Corbett Fire District has accepted $850 in donations to replace the flags. Chief David Flood said the money will be used to purchase flags, poles and mounting hardware. Any funds not used will be placed in a fund to maintain the flags into the future.

If people want to help they can contact the Corbett Fire District at P.O. Box No. 1, Corbett, Oregon, 97019, Attn. Flag Fund.


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